CUP CHARACTERISTICS: For the herbal tea drinker who has everything? A delicious Earl Grey and Rooibos combination.
INGREDIENTS: Rooibos, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors (Organic Compliant)
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: Medium
CAFFEINE LEVEL: None - Caffeine Free Herb
Although Earl Grey is normally associated with England and good strong Ceylon and Chinese teas, this unique variety is closely tied to South Africa, in particular the town of Howick. The reason for this is two fold. For one, the Rooibos that forms the base of this blend is grown near the town. The second is that the town is named after Earl Grey himself. In fact, History tells us that Henry George Grey, the 3rd Earl of Grey was also known as British Colonial Secretary Viscount Howick. Howick lent his name to the new town as it was being formed near the Mgeni River in KwaZulu Natal back in the 1800's. The town developed as European settlers moved to the country and began to populate the more remote corners of the territory. Howick accommodated the needs of the droves of settlers and wagon-drivers that crossed the river as they went looking for farmland. The weary travelers would stop for refreshment, supplies and a well needed break from the trail.
It seems fitting that this tea share its name with a man whose name - or one of them at least - became synonymous with repose and refreshment. Interestingly it was Howick, the 3rd Earl of Grey who first conceived of the idea of allowing free trade between England and her colonies. Like all great Earl Grey teas, this tea is flavored with all natural Bergamot oil. Brew yourself a pot and note how well the citrus character engages with the mellow herbal character of the Rooibos. The taste is truly sublime. Long live the Viscount! I mean Earl. I mean 3rd Earl of Grey! One of the world's most interesting Earl Grey blends
IDEAL BREWING TEMPERATURE: 100ºC/212ºF
HOT BREWING METHOD:
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Pitcher): (To Make 1 Liter/Quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose rooibos or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the rooibos. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the brewed rooibos into your serving pitcher straining the rooibos or removing the bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced rooibos is to increase the strength of the hot rooibos brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.